English Language MA

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2023
  • Entry requirements: A 2:1 undergraduate degree as minimum (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. English, English Language, Linguistics).
English MA


This programme is subject to University approval and due for launch in September 2023.  

The MA English Language offers you the opportunity to study in depth the range of topics, themes and frameworks that underpin the contemporary discipline of English Language. In addition to coverage through taught modules of the broader field, you will undertake your own research project, within your chosen specialist topic, through the Dissertation component.

The programme offers a distinctive set of modules in English Language, all of which have a strongly 'applied' dimension in that they focus on how language is used in a range of real contexts of use. It develops methods and techniques for undertaking research into English language and students can apply these skills to investigate subjects and topics of their choice. The programme includes modules which develop specific skills in language analysis, such as functional linguistics and corpus linguistics. By contrast, other modules focus on major themes in English language study, including the history and development of linguistics as a discipline. The programme also includes a module which examines the relationship between language and identity and which investigates the representation of different voices and experiences through language. It is hoped that some students will consider progression from this new Masters course into PhD level work.

A placement module will be offered in the second semester through an expanding range of partners.

The MA is available both full-time (one year) and part-time (two years) to enable you to study at your own pace.

Case Study: Alex Carabine

Alex Carabine English MA

"The staff are the best thing about the English department: they’re not only incredibly knowledgeable about their fields, but they are also enthusiastic, encouraging and take a genuine interest in their students’ work."

Read Alex's full case study

Why English?

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100% of our research environment was classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). We ranked 10th in sector for research impact classified as outstanding (4*), and 13th in the sector for the percentage of research overall (covering outputs, impact and environment) classified as world leading(4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Strong postgraduate community

With over 150 taught and research students from all over the world, you will be part of a genuine international community. You will be able to participate in our lively research culture through attending regular seminars and lectures by guest speakers as well as our own staff and students. Recent conferences include ‘On Liberties’ at Gladstone's Library, and ‘Renaissance Old Worlds’ in collaboration with the British Library. A legacy from former tutor Miriam Allott has allowed the department to host a vibrant series of international poetry readings, and with its Centre for New and International Writing and Literature and Science Hub, the Department of English continues to attract a range of outstanding, international speakers.